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Saturday, 15 June, 2002, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Wales go down fighting
South Africa 19-8 Wales
South Africa scraped and scrapped to a 19-8 victory in a fiercely contested Test match against Wales in Cape Town on Saturday.
The home side clinched the series two-nil following their 34-19 win in Bloemfontein a week ago, but there was little to celebrate on a cold, blustery and wet afternoon at Newlands.
South Africa head towards the Tri-Nations knowing they must raise their game significantly, especially in the forwards, if they are not to be picked apart by New Zealand and Australia.
Wales, meanwhile, can return home confident that they are a much improved side from the one that slumped miserably in the Six Nations Championship.
But it will be tempered with the knowledge that - with more decisive decision making at crucial moments - Steve Hansen's new-look side could have claimed at least a first win on Republic soil.
Neither side were prepared to take a step backwards throughout the match and the play was punctuated by spats breaking out between opposing players.
Wales hooker Robin McBryde and opposite number James Dalton carried on where they left off in the first Test.
The backs were also involved in hostilities, with visiting centre Andy Marinos - once a Stormers player - having a fine tussle with Stefan Terblanche.
English referee Tony Spreadbury - who did nothing to improve Anglo-Welsh relations with some of his decisions - did his best to keep a lid on things by issuing a 'final' warning.
The visitors lost their scrum-half Dwayne Peel 11 minutes into the game through injury but replacement Ryan Powell had a fine match and continued to get his pack going forward.
One penalty apiece from fly-halves Stephen Jones and Andre Pretorius were the only scores until stoppage time in the first period.
South Africa thought they had scored four minutes before the break when the pack crashed over the line, but the referee ruled that the ball had been held up.
But the Springboks kept up the pressure and sucked in the Welsh cover before spinning the ball wide, allowing rookie fullback Brent Russell to dive over in the left-hand corner and give the home side an 8-3 lead at the break.
Russell, usually a fly-half, had a fine match out of position, as the South Africa defence was stretched time and again with big drives from the Wales pack.
That forward pressure reaped its just reward six minutes after the restart when Wales opted for a five-metre lineout
Wales captain Colin Charvis cheered the tourists by levelling the scores when he was driven over the tryline.
Jones failed with the conversion but Wales were back in the match.
However, two further penalties from Pretorius moved the home side into the lead as South Africa played the rainy conditions better.
Yet it was only when coach Rudolf Straeuli brought on replacement scrum-half Craig Davidson for Johannes Conradie that the correct game plan was applied.
With Davidson booting the ball behind the advancing Welsh defence, the Springboks chased hard and unsettled the Welsh back three to set up precious scoring opportunities.
"Craig is a great kicker of the ball, and the wind dropped late in the second half enough for him to take advantage of the conditions," South Africa skipper Bob Skinstad said.
Wales came very close to stealing a win when the Springboks lost possession on the attack, allowing right wing Rhys Williams to gather on his own 22 and almost manage to outsprint the cover defence.
It took a match-saving tackle from Davidson to stop the Cardiff flyer from scoring.
A late blunder by Charvis ensured that South Africa would win the match, the skipper's kick being charged down for a try by debutant Davidson four minutes from the end.
The decision went to the television referee but it was clear that the ball had been touched down by the Sharks scrum-half.
Pretorius failed with the conversion but the missed two points mattered little to the final result
South Africa: Brent Russell (Pumas); Stefan Terblanche (Sharks), Marius Joubert (WP), De Wet Barry (WP), Breyton Paulse (WP); Andre Pretorius (Lions), Johannes Conradie (WP); Daan Human (WP), James Dalton (Falcons), Willie Meyer (Lions), Quinton Davids (WP), Jannes Labuschagne (Lions), Corne Krige (WP), AJ Venter (Sharks), Bob Skinstad (WP, capt).
Wales: Kevin Morgan (Swansea); Rhys Williams (Cardiff), Mark Taylor (Swansea), Andy Marinos (Newport), Craig Morgan (Cardiff); Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli); Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), Ben Evans (Swansea), Gareth Llewellyn (Neath), Steve Williams (Northampton), Michael Owen (Pontypridd), Martyn Williams (Cardiff), Colin Charvis (Swansea, capt).
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England).
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